Camp Natoma is proud of its status as Accredited by the American Camp Association.
American Camp Association Accreditation means that Camp Natoma voluntarily submitted to a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation by the American Camp Association (ACA) — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camp Natoma and ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.
The American Camp Association helps all accredited camps provide:
* Healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences
* Discovery through experiential education
* Caring, competent role models
* Service to the community and the environment
* Opportunities for leadership and personal growth
What’s the difference between state licensing of camps and accreditation by ACA?
Accreditation is voluntary and ACA accreditation assures families that camps have made the commitment to a safe, nurturing environment for their children. Licensing is mandatory and requirements vary from state to state. ACA standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community.
How do ACA standards exceed state licensing requirements?
ACA goes beyond basic requirements for health, cleanliness, and food service into specific areas of programming, including camp staff from director through counselors, emergency management plans, health care, and management.
American Camp Association (ACA): www.ACAcamps.org